Citizens' initiative: a welcome reform that includes youth said ALDE
The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe welcomes the final adoption of the reform of the European Citizens Initiative (ECI) today, in a plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The new regulation will make it possible, in particular, to decouple the age of signatories from an initiative of the voting age in a Member State, by voluntarily lowering it to 16 years. Charles Goerens (Democratic Party, Luxembourg), ALDE spokesman in the Committee on Constitutional Affairs, said: "This improvement will give voice to youth and allow it to intervene in major issues that interest its future in the areas of competence of the EU, such as the environment ".
The other main elements of modification are the possibility of "partial registration" of an ECI whose proposals are not entirely of European competence, the extension to 6 months (instead of 3) of the time allowed to the organizers to launch their support campaign after registration of their ECI or the creation of "contact points" in the Member States and an online collaborative platform. "The breakthrough to which I am very sensitive is the obligation of the Member States and the Commission to ensure that people with disabilities can exercise their right to support an initiative," said Mr Goerens.